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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Ill Har 2II

[2] eiskaldi (n. dat. sg.) ‘heart’: The etymology of eiskald n. (also eiskǫld f., eiskaldr m.) is obscure (see AEW: eiskald). The same word occurs in Fáfn, and the similarity of wording indicates that Illugi knew that poem (see Fáfn 27; NK 185): Sittu nú, Sigurðr, | enn ec mun sofa ganga, | oc halt Fáfnis hiarta við funa! | eiscǫld | ec vil etinn láta | eptir þenna dreyra drycc ‘Sit down now, Sigurðr,—and I will go to sleep—and hold Fáfnir’s heart to the fire! The heart I shall eat after this drink of blood’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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